Doomsday Prepping for CIOs: Could Your Current IT Set-Up Weather a Disaster?
There are a number of different aspects of your IT infrastructure and cloud computing that you need to assess and review from time to time. One of the most important, but unfortunately least regarded, is a disaster recovery plan.
Some might scoff at the idea that other businesses don’t have a disaster recovery plan in place, but it’s actually not uncommon. Sometimes it’s looked at as just an added expense, preparation for something that will never happen, or a combination of the two. And sometimes companies really don’t realise how important disaster recovery services are.
The thing about disasters is that, by definition, they’re sudden events that cause great damage. Maybe there are warning signs ahead of time, and maybe there aren’t. This isn’t a scare tactic, just a statement of fact. You never want to end up with your famous last words being, “That’ll never happen to us.”
If you’re worried about the loss of physical property, then you already understand the concept quite well. The property insurance you have on your building is similar, except a loss of critical business information can have just as catastrophic an effect on your livelihood. Ask yourself—if disaster were to strike today, are your servers backed up effectively, and how easy would it be to retrieve that information and get back to business as usual?
If your answers are “yes” and “easily”, congratulations, and we sincerely hope you never have to use your disaster recovery system. But if you couldn’t answer in the affirmative to the first question, it’s time to take another look at disaster recovery.
That’s because we’re seeing a surge in the offerings of Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). In the past, these disaster recovery services may have seemed unaffordable to smaller businesses that didn’t have a massive IT budget. But now, cloud computing is offering another, less expensive means for backing up your data. Because DRaaS is cloud-based, it can be scaled to almost any capacity, small or large.
While this probably sounds quite intriguing, you do need to perform your due diligence on the company you’re using for DRaaS. Make sure you’re working with a tested partner who provides complete assurance that includes replication and backup of core systems.
As amazing as our technology has become, the simple truth is that natural disasters like fire, flood, earthquakes, and even tsunamis are out of our control. Having a robust disaster recovery plan in place is just another form of insurance, and one that could be the difference between a short break in business operations and a catastrophic inability to recover your lost data.
If you don’t have a disaster recovery plan in place, or think that yours might be inadequate, then contact us today. We can help assess your current situation and provide you with a plan that fits your needs. Don’t wait another day to protect your business against the unthinkable.